NEC ECS: Providing grounds for rejecting a nominated Subcontractor

We have been instructed to go under contract with a Subcontractor for scope which falls outside of our current Works Information, the reason being to provide a payment vehicle for the PM who tendered the works but are unable to put on their internal procurement system, due to the ambiguity surrounding liability we do not wish to place a contract with this Subcontractor, especially if they do not perform, can we reject providing grounds for rejection or do we simply have to accept under 14.3

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You can reject for any reason - but if that is not a valid reason under the contract then this will be a compensation event. Any increase cost the subcontractor will incur for going elsewhere they can recover under that compensation event but you at least get what you want/need as well (all be it you may have to pay for it) .